Books Review

Review: If I Die by Rachel Vincent

September 29, 2011
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 No one wants to be this teacher’s pet . . .

Everyone else is talking about Eastlake High’s gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck, but Kaylee Cavanaugh has bigger things on her mind. Kaylee’s a banshee—her scream is a portent of death.

But the next scream might hit too close to home. Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline has almost run out.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself from her own problems, Kaylee is determined to defend her school against the latest supernatural threat. That hot new teacher is really an incubus, who feeds from the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s delinquent ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human either.

But Kaylee’s running out of time, and those who love her will do anything to save her life.


Soul Screamers: The last thing you hear before you die. (GoodReads)
I was introduced to Rachel Vincent’s “Soul Screamers” series by my good friend and fellow Pendrell author, Lani Woodland. I cannot believe it took me so long to immerse myself in Kaylee’s world, a frightening, yet strangely exciting world. Lani, if you’re reading this, thank you! I just can’t get enough of Kaylee, Nash, Tod, and, yes, even Sabine!

Rachel Vincent’s writing continues to amaze me. There’s a certain fluidity to it that moves the plot along and there truly never is a dull moment. Ms. Vincent has made me fall further in love with Kaylee’s character. I really love how Kaylee reacts to finding out she’s going to die.  She handles the situation with humor and nonchalance, even though it’s tearing her up inside. Despite not being told I’m going to die in the not-so-distant-future, I could relate to the way Kaylee goes about busying herself with other things.
The romance in the book was definitely my favorite part, but what else is new? Haha. Nash and Kaylee have been through a lot together, so it’s only natural that they face even more obstacles in this installment. Their drama never seems over the top, though, which is good and helps make their troubles believable. Another person comes into play and I must say I really liked the outcome. 🙂
All in all, If I Die is another great installment. Sometimes, in a series, the later books tend to drag, but this one never does. Ms. Vincent has managed to keep the fire going strong and I encourage everyone who hasn’t started this series yet to do so immediately. With romance, action, humor, cool mythology, and great writing, what’s not to love? This is one delightfully dark and romantic book, one that will leave readers wanting more and more and more.
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    Jamie Manning
    September 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to this series. But I trust your judgment, DJ, so now I have to read it! 🙂

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    Kelley Vitollo
    September 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I love these. Rachel is awesome because she takes chances in her books. She doesn’t play it safe and I LOVE that about her, even though there have been times I was screaming at a certain character who shall go unnamed.

    I went through a lot of emotions in this book. loved it, but I actually cried at one point.

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    Lani Woodland
    October 1, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Yay!! I am so glad I had you read them!

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    Jen (In the Closet With a Bibliophile)
    October 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    It sounds like it was pretty good, but I’m not a huge fan of this series. It felt like it lacked development and the relationship was 2-dimmensional for me. I only read the first book, so don’t hit me over the head, but its hard to continue when it wasn’t my fav. I’m so glad you enjoyed it though. My favorite character is still Todd. 😀 Something about grim reapers that appeal to me.

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